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Simulator Maintenance Technicians

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree with a minimum of 72 total credit hours
    • 20 credits of general education required
    • Optional internship
  • Diploma with 66 total credit hours
  • Offered at Devils Lake Campus
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

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Program Description 

The Simulator Maintenance Technician (Sim Tech) program at Lake Region State College is one of the few training programs for simulator technicians in the United States. The program provides hands-on training in computer systems, digital and solid state electronic devices, printed circuit troubleshooting and variety of other systems essential to the operation of state-of-the-art simulators. 

Students in the Sim Tech program will be prepared for troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of electronic and mechanical components of simulators used in pilot training, entertainment and other applications. Students learn to use specialized tools, test equipment, built-in diagnostic equipment and technical data to isolate and locate faulty components or system malfunctions.

Sim Tech students are encouraged to participate in an elective two to three month on-site cooperative education experience with a simulator maintenance crew.

Course Overview

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

AVIA 200 Ground School 3
AVIA 201 Introduction to Flight 1
CIS 220 Operating Systems-Unix 3
ELEC 100 DC Analysis 3
ELEC 101 AC Analysis 3
ELEC 170 Electronics Laboratory I 3
ELEC 180 Electronics Laboratory II 3
ELEC 271 Emerging Technologies 3
ELEC 272 Introduction to Simulation 3
ELEC 275 Visual Systems/Graphics 3
ELEC 281 Digital Integrated Circuits 3
ELEC 282 Operational Systems/Technical Sim 3
ELEC 283 Simulator Systems 3
ELEC 284 Semi-Conductor Devices 3
ELEC 285 Electronics Circuits 3
ELEC 287 Digital Integrated Circuits Lab 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
ENGL 120 College Composition II or
ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
MATH 103 College Algebra 3
MATH 105 Trigonometry or (2)
PHYS 211 College Physics I (4)
General Education Physical Education (HPER) 2
General Education Humanities and/or Social Sciences 6
General Education Humanities and/or Social Sciences 6
Summer Semester Electives
COOP 197 Cooperative Education 3
COOP 198 Cooperative Education 3
TOTAL CREDITS (minimum) 66

 

Diploma

AVIA 200 Ground School 3
AVIA 201 Introduction to Flight 1
CIS 220 Operating Systems-Unix 3
ELEC 100 DC Analysis 3
ELEC 101 AC Analysis 3
ELEC 170 Electronics Laboratory I 3
ELEC 180 Electronics Laboratory II 3
ELEC 271 Emerging Technologies 3
ELEC 272 Introduction to Simulation 3
ELEC 275 Visual Systems/Graphics 3
ELEC 281 Digital Integrated Circuits 3
ELEC 282 Operational Systems/Technical Sim 3
ELEC 283 Simulator Systems 3
ELEC 284 Semi-Conductor Devices 3
ELEC 285 Electronics Circuits 3
ELEC 287 Digital Integrated Circuits Lab 3
ENGL 105 or higher Technical Communications 3
MATH 103 or higher College Algebra 3
General Education Physical Education (HPER) 1
Program Electives 6
Summer Semester Electives
COOP 197 Cooperative Education 3
COOP 198 Cooperative Education 3
TOTAL CREDITS (minimum) 60

 

 

Admission Process

1. Application for Admission:

  • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
  • A one time application fee of $35 is required

2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
3. ACTorCompass Testing
4. College Transcripts, if applicable:

  • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
  • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

What do they do?

As a Simulator Technology student you will learn how to maintain, troubleshoot and repair electronic and mechanical components of simulator trainers used in pilot training, entertainment, aircraft, weapons, auto, ship, power plants and other types of simulation. While in the program students will gain experience in electronics, flight characteristics and computers. You will also complete coursework in aviation which will prepare you to communicate efficiently with pilots. 


Why is simulation used?

Safety: Real life training before an actual situation by practicing emergency procedures.
Expense: Less expensive to operate and train on a simulator than to operate what is being simulated.


What kinds of simulation?

  • Airplanes
  • Automobiles
  • Entertainment
    • setups in malls
    • amusement parks
  • Fire Fighters 
  • Power Plants
  • Semi-Trucks
  • Ships
  • Space Shuttles 
  • Trains
  • Weapons

Where are they employed?

When you come to Simulation Technology program at Lake Region State College, we prepare you for challenging careers in simulation that are both high tech and high paying. Nationwide employers of SimTech program graduates include major airlines, air force bases, airplane and simulator manufactures. Our graduates are currently employed by various industry-leading companies, including Boeing, Delta Airlines, Airbus, Flight Safety, FedEx, UPS, NASA and others.

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